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As the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) fast approaches, and Rio+ 20 process gains momentum, an international process has begun to redefine the global development agenda ‘post-2015’.

Whichever agenda emerges, it will need to adapt it to the changing global circumstances through a broad range of consultative processes to replace the current set of MDGs, which may well go beyond what is currently envisaged.

As originally outlined in the Commission Communication ‘A Decent Life For All’, the Communication on ‘Financing the post-2015 Goals’ and the respective European Union Council Conclusions, the EU intended to integrate the policy strands of the post-MDG and the Sustainable Development Goals in one universal agenda with single set of goals – and this has indeed become a reality with the Outcome Document of the MDG Special Event of the 68th UN General Assembly.

The African Union (AU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP) group of states have also started the process of outlining their vision for a new global development framework.

In its work on the global post-2015 agenda, ECDPM will monitor negotiations and the changing global development landscape and how this impacts, and in turn is impacted, by EU external action.

As efforts to make progress on the existing MDGs intensify – policy makers in Europe, Africa and elsewhere will be seeking to pin down proposals and lay the groundwork for what comes next. How can the EU reconcile values and interests in the EU’s post-2015 position and strengthen a more coherent approach for development?

ECDPM aims to facilitate an inclusive and well-informed policy dialogue on post-2015 agenda between the EU and its African partners through analysis of:

  • How global economic and political trends influence the post-2015 agenda for the EU and its major development partners
  • Emerging EU and African positions on the post-2015 framework and their implications for EU and African stakeholders
  • Developments at the global level of post-2015 discussions in thematic subject areas important for EU and African actors
  • The implementation of the post-2015 development agenda across EU actors and their major partnerships

We will also follow-up our work in the 2013 European Report on Development with its implications for the post-2015 development agenda.